Wildlife & Animals – Kafue NP

Alan Murphy
Expert
By Alan Murphy

Alan is a renowned Africa expert and has authored many Lonely Planet guidebooks, including the guide to Zambia.

Alan is a renowned Africa expert and has authored many Lonely Planet guidebooks, including the guide to Zambia.

Alan is a renowned Africa expert and authored the Lonely Planet guidebook to Zambia.

Alan has authored the Lonely Planet guide to Zambia.

Kafue offers really good wildlife viewing. There are big numbers of buffalo and elephant, even if they can be a bit shy after years of poaching. And there are plenty of hippo and crocodile to look at in the rivers. You should be able to take photos and videos of big cats too, including cheetah and leopard. Maybe even the rare wild dog.

Abundant
Common
Occasional
Rare
None
ElephantCommon
HippoCommon
BuffaloCommon
ZebraCommon
LionOccasional
LeopardOccasional
CheetahOccasional
HyenaOccasional

Wildlife Highlights

Many safari-goers love seeing the big cats, and even bigger animals like elephant. But one of the most impressive sights at Kafue is the huge herds of antelope, especially the red lechwe in the wetlands (where you also find puku). Much harder to find in the swamps is the rare sitatunga. On drier ground, you’ll spot Lichtenstein's hartebeest, roan antelope and oribi.

Best Time for Wildlife Viewing

From the middle to the end of the Dry season (July to October) is the best time for wildlife viewing in Kafue. The animals are easy to find at rivers and waterholes, and the thin vegetation makes spotting them easier.

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